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"Wreck-It Ralph" Movie Review

Updated on July 2, 2014

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""Wreck-It Ralph" is a spectacularly good kid's movie. It's hilarious, well written, and it's design is fantastic! I loved this movie, even though I'm in my twenties! I watched it with my younger sister and my baby daughter the first time I saw it, and it was thoroughly entertaining for all of us. My daughter is still too little to understand a movie, but she liked the music and the imagery and characters interested her. She peered at the screen with her sweet wide eyed 'curious expression'.."

Movie Rating

4 stars for Wreck-It Ralph

The Review

"Wreck-It Ralph" is a spectacularly good kid's movie. It's hilarious, well written, and it's design is fantastic! I loved this movie, even though I'm in my twenties! I watched it with my younger sister and my baby daughter the first time I saw it, and it was thoroughly entertaining for all of us. My daughter is still too little to understand a movie, but she liked the music and the imagery and the characters interested her. She peered at the screen with her sweet wide eyed 'curious expression' to look at them.

"Wreck-It Ralph" takes place in a video game world in an arcade. Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly, "Chicago") is the bad guy in his game Fix-It Felix(Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock"). Fix-It Felix is the hero of the game and is sort of like a Mario Brothers character. He makes the same little jumping noise. Ralph becomes sick and tired of being a bad guy (He attends a bad guy support group in the arcade's Pac-man game, but it doesn't help. It's sort of like how people have addiction groups or a cancer group meeting type of thing. It was a very clever and funny scene with all the classic video game villains fighting to not let being the bad guy get them down.) Ralph decides to prove that he is a good guy to his fellow game mates in Fix-It Felix by getting a medal. His fellow game mates are furious that he leaves their game during arcade hours because it might get them shut down. Fix-It Felix (Felix doesn't seem to exactly hate Ralph as much as the rest of the characters in their game do.) sets out to find Ralph before their game is turned off. Ralph ends up going to a few different games including Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush in search of a medal. He comes across a butt kicking tough chick- Calhoun (Jane Lynch, "Glee" and "Two and a Half Men") in a high definition game (Fix-It Felix falls in love with her and he's tiny compared to her and not high-def so it's a very odd and funny couple) and a little spunky girl named Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman, "School Of Rock"). This movie deals with accepting yourself for who you are and is big on friendship and how that can make you much stronger even when you're facing something really difficult. This movie also is good for boys or girls. There's strong female and male characters in this that have plenty of good characteristics. Ralph wants to be a hero and becomes a good friend. Felix is the constant nice guy. He's sweet and is a gentleman to the woman he has a crush on- Calhoun. He calls her: ma'am, a dynamite gal, and despite her being tough and not needing saving ever he does have one heroic moment with rescuing Calhoun. Vanellope is fiesty, funny, and a good friend. Calhoun is tough and doesn't take any flack from anyone. Despite having the most tragic back story ever she still has a heart and wants to rescue everyone that she can from the evil of the video game cybugs. What's also really great about all of the characters is the want to be the best they can be, including Ralph who is programmed to be a bad guy but still wants to be a good guy.

The only bad thing about this movie is it might become dated quickly based on many of the actual game characters being older and in a few more generations kids and adults won't know who any of them are and some of the pop songs-like Rihanna's song- in it might become dated before long. This may not work against it in a few generations though. Easily it could just serve as a time capsule for newer generations to be introduced to those old games and to the older music someday.

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Who is this movie for?

Anyone of any age would likely enjoy this movie. It is rated PG for some crude humor and action, but it isn't really that bad so I think even little kids will like it. It's brightly colored, full of interesting video game characters, and there's plenty of character development and a focus on friendship. I'd recommend it to anyone with kids who are looking for something new. Older people will like the video game characters and the humor is still good for older people. It's not like Seth Rogen pot humor, so if you're an adult that likes that this isn't going to work for you. If you like Jim Carrey's style humor you might like this. Or if you enjoyed "Back to the Future" or played a lot of old school video games like Pacman and Mario Brothers you might get a kick out of "Wreck-It Ralph"! Similar movies to "Wreck-It Ralph" to "Toy Story", "Frozen", and "The Lego Movie".

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      Keith Abt 2 years ago from The Garden State

      My kids (ages 7 and 11) loved this movie, and so did I, being a middle aged video game geek from way back. It was nice to see the cameos by classic game characters like Pac-Man, Q-Bert and Sonic during the film.

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      Nicole Kristine 2 years ago from MN

      Thanks for reading and the feedback!

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